Sightseeing in the Spice Souk in Dubai
Saffron, chillies, and frankincense overflow from large sacks in the Deira Old Souk in Dubai. Shopkeepers are gracious and eager to show the quality of their wares as you sniff, taste, and eyeball the flower heads, incense sticks, and spices. Unlike the Gold Souk where you can look but not touch, the spice market is all about the sensory experience. Close your eyes and listen to the myriad of languages as people from all over the world haggle over the price of flavored tobacco, cloves, cardamom, candies, and nuts. Buy by the gram or pre-packaged and bring a taste of the East back home with you.